Diabetes in School

Important Things to Know

  • Call the school from the hospital, if you can, to let them know about the new diagnosis.
  • Take the Diabetes Medical Management Plan (described below) with you to the school nurse on your first day back.
  • Make sure the school has enough supplies throughout the school year.
  • If you run into difficulties with the school., you can call our clinic and ask for help from our nurse practitioners or social worker.

General Information

School is the “work” of children and as they spend so much time in school, it is very important that the school know that you/your child has diabetes.  Teachers, the Principal and the School Nurse should be told right away.  The school bus driver also needs to know if you/your child ride a bus regularly.  This is so that you/your child can stay healthy and safe while in school and can then focus on learning.

We believe that it is also important that close friends be told about the diagnosis as well.   In our experience, most close friends are happy to learn that their friend is still the same person who now has a few more tasks they have to perform in order to stay healthy.  In fact, most kids tell us that when they go back to school their friends all comment that “they don’t look sick at all” even though they were in the hospital for a few days.

You will be given a form called the “Diabetes Medical Management Plan” (DMMP).  This plan outlines what needs to happen in school in order to manage diabetes.  The form will be filled out by someone from our team. We will ask you questions while filling it out so that we can individualize it to you/your child.

In addition to bringing the DDMP to school, you will need to give the school extra supplies that are used in diabetes management. We recommend that you put together a diabetes kit to be left in a central location in the school.

Children should always have ready access to something to treat low blood sugar and this should be kept in the classroom. For younger children, teachers will often keep juice boxes or glucose tabs in their desks. For older children, we recommend that they carry their preferred treatment in their backpacks or pockets.

Gym Classes & Recess in School

  • If on shots, many children have different insulin doses for PE versus non-PE days. We can help you to determine these doses.
  • Most kids leave their pumps on for gym class and recess. You may need to use temporary rates following class or give an extra 15 grams of carbs before exercising.
  • Remember that your BG will be affected by the time of your lunch period, the timing of your PE class, the availability of snacks in your classroom, etc.

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